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Governor declares state of emergency in Utah following destructive windstorm

Posted at 12:40 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 23:36:15-04

CENTERVILLE, Utah — Following one of Utah's most destructive windstorms in generations, Gov. Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency Wednesday to help assist all areas affected in clean up efforts.

Herbert made the announcement while touring damage in Centerville.

"I'm amazed at the efforts of Utahns working together to clean up the damage," Herbert said in a Tweet.

During his tour, Herbert visited homes where the damage was especially significant, and spoke with local politicians about state, city and county cooperation.

As the group walked the streets surveying the trees uprooted, Herbert said they hope to receive federal funds to help with the damage done to the State, and is working on a way to help those who are uninsured.

"We’ve got to find ways to help people help themselves and I appreciate the fact that in our communities a lot of volunteer work is happening, without government compulsion, they’re just out their helping their neighbor." said Gov. Herbert

Herbert says he is considering calling in the Utah National Guard for help, as well as partnering with the Utah Department of Transportation to use its equipment to help with the clean up.